The leaders of Liberia and Sierra Leone won't be jetting off to the US-African Leaders Summit alongside their delegations next week. Instead, the duo will be dealing with the still-expanding Ebola crisis, which has already claimed the lives of over 700 people across West Africa. Priorities? Check plus. Meanwhile, Guinea President Alpha Condé — whose country has had more Ebola deaths than either of the other two — has not yet made a decision about attending. If there's ever a good reason to bail on an international summit, this just might be it.
Eric Cantor won't stick around to see the other side of August's Congressional recess. In an exclusive interview with his hometown newspaper Thursday night, the former House Majority Leader said he will resign from Congress on August 18. "I want to make sure that the constituents in the 7th District will have a voice in what will be a very consequential lame-duck session," he told the Times-Dispatch.
Cantor, a Republican, relinquished his leadership role following a devastating primary defeat in June, when Dave Brat beat him by a whopping 12 points. Brat, who teaches at Randolph-Macon College, will face another Randolph-Macon professor in the general election.
Did you get the memo? It’s legalization week! The New York Times is calling for legal pot. Slate is calling for legal prostitution. Gawker is calling for the legalization of all illicit drugs. And here at New York, we have a few calls of our own.
Upside: Information disseminates into the market much faster.
Downside: Jerkbags with “hot tips” become omnipresent; Martha went to jail for nothing.
The most eyebrow-raising part of Ryan's poverty plan — which, as I wrote last week, has a lot of good parts — is his suggestion that low-income households write and execute a contractually binding "life plan" in exchange for government aid. As such, in a funny inversion, conservatives have spent the week arguing for more government bureaucracy and oversight, with liberals arguing against it.
The United States and United Nations have jointly announced a break in the fighting between Israel and Hamas, beginning at 8 a.m. local time on Friday and lasting at least 72 hours. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement that they have "received assurances that all parties have agreed to an unconditional humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza," although Israeli "forces on the ground will remain in place."
Ladies: Please wear pants in Crown Heights. And sleeves. Consider a smart blazer, too. As long as you dress modestly, the people who posted a handful of signs around a Hasidic section of the rapidly gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood will be happy.
"Love and Respect," the signs read. "Dear Resident, Guest, Visitor, Please dress modestly. This is a Jewish neighborhood."
It was a messy weekend for the costumed street performers of Times Square. A man dressed as Spider-Man punched an NYPD officer after resisting arrest for harassing a tourist Saturday, joining a long list of characters behaving badly that includes a Cookie Monster who shoved a 2-year-old and a vocally anti-Semitic Elmo. Four more characters were arrested later Saturday night.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a warning against nonessential travel to three West African countries today as the death toll from the Ebola outbreak on the continent has reached 729. The travel advisory applies to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, and it's the first level 3 travel warning — the CDC's most serious — during a disease outbreak since 2003, when SARS was killing hundreds in Asia.
Because getting his act together to become president and starting a war with an old foe wasn't enough, America's favorite never-good-enough son is writing a 300-page book about his dear old dad. "George H.W. Bush is a great servant, statesman, and father," said George W. Bush in a statement. "I loved writing the story of his life, and I hope others enjoy reading it." The president-on-president biography is due out November 11 via Crown.
No act of personal writing makes my skin crawl like when a father sits down to describe what having a daughter has taught him about the female experience. It’s nothing against dads. I love mine, and I also welcome feminist awakenings whenever and however they occur. But often the writer-dad’s newfound sensitivity is overshadowed by his prior obliviousness: He was apparently unable to empathize with women before one sprung from his loins. Did he take nothing from his other encounters with half of humanity? Not even from his mother?
The latest entry to the genre is an open letter from AllHipHop site owner Chuck Creekmur to Nicki Minaj on the topic of the glorious, bare-assed artwork for her latest single, “Anaconda.” Creekmur writes that he used to take Minaj’s hypersexualized image in stride. Now, though, things have changed: He has a daughter. “I wasn’t even shocked,” Creekmur wrote in the letter, published on MommyNoire. “I was just disappointed.”